ABOUT US


OUR STORY

Surrounded by the beautiful Cedar River, our 117 acres of wooded forest provides a natural habitat for a large variety of wildlife. These surroundings provide for an excellent backdrop for any event, retreat, camp or getaway of your choosing. Whether it’s the beauty of a Cedar River sunset, the peacefulness of an early morning hike, the coolness of an afternoon swim, the awe of a cloudless, starry sky, or the love of friends and family, Cedar Springs has a lot to offer.

WHO WE ARE

Cedar Springs Camp is owned and operated by the Iowa/Minnesota District of the Wesleyan Church. We are a non-profit organization created to operate a Christian Campground located in north central Iowa. A member of the Christian Camp and Conference Association, we are here to serve our communities and their neighbors.

OUR FACILITIES

Our facilities are well equipped to serve the needs of organizations seeking a Christ-centered atmosphere. We have many types of groups that visit us. These include church camps and retreats, denominational conferences, family reunions, weddings and non-profit group retreats and seminars.

SINCE 1968

HISTORY

Cedar Springs has been serving God's children since 1968


Cedar Springs Camp, formerly known as the Wesleyan Methodist Camp, was started in 1922 and was originally located in Dundee, Iowa prior to being moved to Charles City, Iowa. On May 15th, 1968, a tornado of major size cut a swath from 1 1/2 to five blocks wide, and 20 blocks long through the heart of Charles City. There was very little left of the camp.

In June of that year the Wesleyan Methodist Church merged with the Pilgrim Holiness church and formed what is now known as the Wesleyan Church. In October 1968, Dr. & Mrs. R.A. Fox sold a 72 acre tract of wooded property to the camp. District Superintendent Rev. Donald D Calhoun announced that the old property in Charles City would be sold and this new property would be purchased.

"Belly Acres" as the property was known became our new home and in July 1970 was inhabited by over 200 children during three 2 day youth camps. In August of that year the first Family Camp was help with approximately 1,000 people in attendance. At that time, the area became known as "Cedar Springs Camp".

Since that time, many additional buildings have been built, many hours of manual labor have been put in and many lives have been changed. We continue to build, expand, and improve the camp. Most importantly, we continue to focus on the experience one has when they come to enjoy the camp. Our vision for Cedar Springs is: To create an environment for people to experience God. We look forward to many more years of service to the Kingdom and our great God.

OUR TEAM


BRIAN GOODE

CAMP DIRECTOR

Brian Goode is the husband of Brianna and the father of four beautiful children. Serving on summer staff at Jackson Conference Center in Goodlettsville, TN is how Brian fell in love with Christian camping ministry. Brian served as the Maintenance and Facilities Director at Butman Camp in Merkel, TX and more recently as the Operations Manager and Camp Director at Fort Bluff Camp in Dayton, TN. Brian has a Bachelors in Biblical Studies from Belhaven University and a Masters in Executive Ministry Leadership from Colorado Christian University. The Goode family is passionate about showing people Jesus through camp ministry!

SARAH JENKINS

GUEST SERVICES COORDINATOR 

Sarah grew up coming to camp as a young child, then in her teens moved on to the campground when her parents took over as managers. 

In May 2021 Sarah graduated from Emmaus Bible College with a double degree in camping ministry and youth ministry.  She spent her senior year in the LTD Program at Forest Springs Camp & Conference Center in Wisconsin. 

Sarah brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and a natural passion for camping ministry to her work. You can't miss her welcoming smile when you arrive.  

JANELLE HERRMANN

FOOD SERVICES

JAZMINE COOPER

OFFICE MANAGER

Jazmine has been a camper at Cedar Springs since she was a young student. Originally from Des Moines, she would travel up every summer to enjoy church camp. 

 

After graduating from Oklahoma Wesleyan University in May of 2022 with a degree in Digital Media Marketing, she moved to Charles City to work as a worship and communications resident and to work at Cedar Springs in many areas. She is now the office manager.